Hi everyone, I have just posted Mark Alfano's paper, "Friendship as a Model for the Moral Virtues", at dropbox.com for our ongoing Working Paper Group. Here's a snippet of the introduction, which gives an idea of what the paper is about:
In this paper, I describe some of what I take to be the more interesting features of friendship, then explore the extent to which other virtues – especially trustworthiness, but also prospectively generosity and humility – can be reconstructed as sharing those features. The aim of the paper is not to demonstrate that all moral virtues are exactly like friendship in all important respects, but rather to make plausible the claim that most moral virtues are surprisingly similar to friendship in many important ways.
I know it's a busy time of the semester, but I hope lots of people read the paper and comment. It would be really nice to help Mark out with some feedback and get the WPG moving again! Anyway, for anyone not "in the know" already, here's how the paper group works:
- The paper is posted over at Dropbox.com.
- In order to access it, you must email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for the login and password. Once you have these, just login into dropbox and download the paper.
- Barring unforseen and unfortunate circumstances, our dropbox login and password will be the same for all future working papers.
- The login, password, and working papers themselves are in no circumstance to be distributed to anyone. In order to maintain the integrity of our forum, I alone am authorized to distribute them.
- In order to maintain the safe and supportive integrity of the paper discussion,I will only distribute the login and password to registered members of The Philosophers' Cocoon.
- As always, any professional philosopher who wants to become a member of the Cocoon is welcome to email me to join. However, you must become a member to participate in the working paper group.
- Finally, here are ground-rules for the paper discussion (which should simply proceed in the comments section below):
- You must have access to -- and presumably have read! -- the paper in order to comment.
- Comments should aim to be helpful in nature. If you raise an objection, try to suggest potential way(s) of resolving it. The purpose of this group is to help our friends here at the Cocoon improve their papers, not to show off one's awesome refutation skills.
- Be a good dude/dude-ette. Do everything you can to make this a positive experience for the paper presenters.
Let's get to it!